Applications open to fix more country roads
The NSW Government is encouraging councils to apply for the latest round of the Fixing Country Roads program to help enhance the productivity of the State’s farming, manufacturing and freight sectors.
Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Sam Farraway said the new round of the $543 million program will focus on shovel-ready projects that will deliver immediate benefits to communities.
“The NSW Liberals and Nationals are improving the State’s freight connections so food, produce and raw materials can be transported more quickly and cost effectively, ensuring produce gets to market and the economy keeps moving, not only now but well into the future,” Mr Farraway said.
“We want projects that build better, safer roads and bridges with higher speed and load limits that improve access for freight on the local and regional road network.
“Every 100km out of a truck driver’s way costs over $300, so helping councils to build the infrastructure that reduces travel times for industry will ultimately reduce costs for families.”
The Livestock, Bulk and Rural Carriers Association (LBRCA) has supported the NSW Government’s Fixing Country Roads Program and has a been an advocate for increasing funding for rural and regional roads.
LBRCA President Wade Lewis said that this program has enabled operators to reduce transport costs and increase the overall productivity and safety of the industry and the communities that they service.
“The NSW Fixing Country Roads funding provides an economic and productivity edge for the agricultural and heavy vehicle transport sector to achieve better outcomes for NSW businesses and communities, which are reliant on efficient, cost-effective and safe road freight services,” said Mr Lewis.
Since 2014, over 80 regional NSW councils have received $462.5 million to carry out more than 320 individual projects, 260 of which have now been completed.
When all projects funded to date are completed, the Fixing Country Roads program will have provided an additional 1,889 kilometres of sealed road, saving $8.55 million in reduced maintenance costs for councils.
Applications under the new round of Fixing Country Roads can be made until 5:00pm Friday 14 October.
Learn more about the Fixing Country Roads program